- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - A day after declaring victory in her race against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton spoke Wednesday to the Associated Press. Quotes from the interview:


On Donald Trump:

“(Trump) has a very unfortunate and divisive tendency to attack all kinds of Americans. I just don’t think anybody should stand for that. It’s a classic demagogic attack. You go after your political opponents, maybe even their families. Then you go after anyone who’s against you, even the press and, you know, you begin to just attack everyone to build yourself up. And it’s classic behavior by a demagogue. We’ve seen it many, many places and times in the world and that’s why I think it’s so dangerous.”


On the Democratic primaries:

“I think the people have spoken and I think it’s time that we unite the party and plan for a terrific convention in Philadelphia and then come out and really make a campaign about the issues and contrast with Donald Trump.”


On the Zika virus:

“It’s deeply distressing but it’s not just about Brazil. It’s also about Puerto Rico, Florida and across our country where people are being diagnosed with (Zika.) This is not just about Rio and the Olympics this is about a potential outbreak and epidemic of the effects of Zika and the various ways it can be transmitted.”


More on Trump:

“I didn’t know him that well but I never really ever had any information about him engaging in bigotry and prejudice until he took up the cause of the birthers against President Obama, which is really so bizarre. It’s one of those conspiracy theories that is so farfetched and he was one of the major cheerleaders for it.”


“I really don’t pay a lot of attention to his efforts to attack me personally. I don’t intend to respond to them because this is his, this is his modus operandi. I don’t think it’s what most voters care about. I don’t think it’s what this general election will be about.”


“I’m looking forward to having a debate with Donald Trump because while he might have catchy soundbites, his statements on the economy are dangerously incoherent, they are deeply misguided, they again reflect an individual who is temperamentally unfit to manage the American economy.”

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